The Mental Game of Tennis: Lessons & Tips to Improve

Tennis is about serves, forehands, backhands, and volleys. However, to play your best, you will need to be mentally tough.

Wait! Stop!

We're not here to give you the standard coaching lessons on how to "stay positive" or "keep your energy up." There's WAY too much of that already...

Instead, we go deeper than that. In the mental lessons below, we dive into the reasons why players get mad, lose their focus, or get nervous on the court. Then, we show you have to make progress towards better mental performance.


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The Mental Game


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The Mental Game


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The Mental Game


How does Nadal continue to fight so hard on the court? Why does it seem like there’s almost never a dip in

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The Mental Game


How long have you been a 3.5? Or 4.0? Or 4.5 level tennis player? Most tennis players reach a certain level and

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How many of us actually get better at tennis when we practice? Most people I watch hitting on the ball machine, or

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The Mental Game


How is Rafa so mentally tough? What makes John Isner so good in tiebreakers? How can you study their mental toughness in

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The Mental Game


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The Mental Game


These tennis principles are crucial to understand before you can improve your game. Most recreational and competitive USTA tennis players plateau at

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About the Author

Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.